Friday, November 06, 2009

Government Parks & Campgrounds to Honor Veterans and Active Military

On Veterans Day, all U.S. military veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families will be admitted free of charge on to public lands managed by both the Department of the Interior and the Departments of Agriculture.

Since the Buffalo National River does not charge an entrance fee, campground fees will be waived in lieu of entrance fees. The waived campground fees are specific to Buffalo National River for any fee camping areas within the park for that night only. For more information, call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502.

On leave waivers offered

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive all day use and camping fees for active service personnel and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians on mid- or post-deployment leave from duty in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations.

The program began in 2006 to honor the men and women who serve the nation.

Active service personnel and DoD civilians on leave will be required to show identification and leave orders upon arrival at the campgrounds to obtain the waiver. The waiver will also apply to all family members accompanying them on their visit. The waiver will be applied to daily use fees and camping fees.

Fees will be waived on a walk-up and space-available basis, as well as for reservations through the National Recreation Reservation Service call center. Camping and day use fees, however, will not be waived for on-line reservations made through Recreation.gov.

To find the nearest Corps of Engineers recreation site, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
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